Thanks for stopping by! So you want to know a little more about me and my blog? Here’s some info in the form of a Q&A.
Q. Who are you, anyway?
I’m Ashlea, an excitable Australian with a passion for photography and exploring the world. I’m also known for being super-organised, having a stationery addiction, and being a tad obsessed with maps.
I grew up in Hobart (AUS), and have also spent time living in Newcastle (AUS), Sydney (AUS), and New York City (USA). I moved from Australia to the US in 2015, then in 2017 I moved back to Australia to live in Sydney.
Rob and I in Miyajima, Japan – June 2019
Q. How did this blog come about?
In July 2014, I was sitting at my desk contemplating our plans to move to USA. Wondering whether I’d use Facebook to share my travels with my friends and family, I realised that as an ex-travel agent and frequent traveller, I had so much more to offer than a few quickly forgotten photos. It was at that moment that I decided to compile my knowledge and stories into a blog.
Over the years, A Globe Well Travelled has grown into an online resource for a number of travel-related topics including travel photography, trip planning, travel jobs, eco travel, and minimalism. My mission is to inspire people to live an adventurous and sustainable lifestyle.
Sightseeing in Sintra, Portugal – September 2018
Q. What’s your travel experience?
My family travelled around Australia often as I was growing up. I took my first international trip to Europe when I was 18, and from that moment on I was addicted.
On top of heading abroad with my family, I’ve also tried venturing solo and travelling with friends. I head abroad with Rob on most of my current trips, and I accept the occasional press trip where I travel solo or in a group with other bloggers.
I’ve tried many different forms of travel from backpacking in hostels to luxury cruising, but I generally consider myself a budget traveller. I’ll scour the internet to find good deals on flights, accommodation, and tours, making sure that I travel comfortably but never paying more than I need to.
I love city-hopping and can easily spend hours watching people on the street from inside a local coffee shop, but I also love exploring naturally beautiful places and using my camera to capture the essence of the destination. The countries I have visited so far are:
Australia / Austria / The Bahamas / Barbados / Belgium / Bolivia / Canada / China / Colombia / Croatia / Czech Republic / Denmark / Fiji / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hong Kong / Hungary / Iceland / Indonesia / Ireland / Italy / Japan / Malaysia / Mexico / Monaco / Netherlands / New Zealand / Peru / Poland / Portugal / Russia / Singapore / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / Thailand / Ukraine / United Kingdom / United States / Vatican City
Where I've been
Q. Where are you going next?
I generally decide on my next trip only a few months in advance. My next international trip is to New Zealand in September, then I’ll likely be heading to Europe over Christmas/New Year.
My ultimate travel goal is to visit every continent. I’ve crossed off 44 countries over 5 continents so far, with only Africa and Antarctica still unchecked!
Q. How do you make money?
I’m currently a university student here in Australia, and I freelance my skills in travel writing, content management, and social media management on the side. I don’t make loads of money through this blog, but every now and then I take part in press trips to market new destinations, and I occasionally monetize my posts through sponsorships and affiliate links.
Moving to New York City – July 2015
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